Annual Sports Awards Dinner

Seaford had their Annual Sports Awards Dinner to celebrate the achievements and successes of those pupils that have represented the college in our major sports. Just over 100 pupils and staff were present on the evening.

Beginning with welcome drinks outside, sports kits were abandoned in place of black-tie for the evening!

As guests were seated for their meal, they discovered a sporting quiz at their table, with questions to answer as they ate. Later in the evening the games intensified with each table taking it in turns to bounce a tennis ball into a bucket – much harder than it looked! Standing behind a line, they were allowed one bounce onto the floor and into the bucket. Despite being an evening showcasing Seaford’s sporting talent, most missed entirely!

Guests were able to watch a photo montage playing throughout the night showcasing the last year, and there was also a montage video showcasing footage of matches throughout the year. A wonderful evening of Sport.

Speeches were given by Liam Doubler, Director of Sport and Co-Curricular, as well as Seaford’s Head Girl, Holly Gyles, and Head Boy, Nico Caines who recapped on the sporting year going through all the teams achievements.

Then came to the bit everyone was waiting for – the awards, presented by John Green, Headmaster.

Sportswoman of the year was presented to Isobel Porter

Sportsman of the year was presented to Charlie Norton

Services to Seaford Sport was awarded to Cally Nugent

Bill Cuthbertson ‘Cubby Cup’ was awarded to Nico Caines

Awards winners

What is always striking at our awards dinners is how humble our sports men and women are. All our winners were shocked to have won and didn’t want to sing their own praises, seeing themselves as simply part of a team. Cally Nugent, winner of Services to Seaford Sport said “I was really shocked. I did not think I’d get that”.

It was a superb evening and highlighted the direction of Seaford Sport. 2017/2018 has been another impressive year with more pupils representing Seaford Sport and more achievement at all levels. All staff have been exceptional, providing detailed feedback to pupils and always going above and beyond to improve their players as both individuals and as a team. Well done all for everything you have achieved this academic year.

See more of the night in our video.

 

Nicholas Caines’ Aspirations for Life After A Levels

Nicholas Caines was Head Boy at Seaford this year.  He spoke to us about his plans for the future and what he is passionate about.

What is your dream job? Doing somNicholas Caines, Head Boy 2017 to 2018ething outside, I live on a farm. I would like to diversify the family farm and put in a high ropes course in the forest.

What are you doing this autumn? I’m having a year out travelling in South East Asia, Inter-railing in Europe and then I’d like to earn some money and get some farming experience in New Zealand. I plan to do a degree in Agriculture at University after my gap year.

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing your generation? Social media and the way people react on line and the way people are addicted to their phones. I use social media but I think you should use it at the right time and not be anti-social with it. I think we’re really good here at Seaford but you often see people out with friends with everyone on their phone. Continue reading

Holly Gyles’ Aspirations for Life After A Levels

Holly Gyles, Head Girl 2017 to 2018

Holly Gyles was Head Girls at Seaford this year. We had a chat with her about her aspirations for the future as her time at Seaford comes to an end.

What is your dream job? I’d like to work as a physiotherapist with an elite sports team and travel the world. A team like England Rugby. I’m also interested in the psychology of sports performance so I’d like to use this in my career.

What are you doing this autumn? I went to the Women of The Future Conference last year with Seaford College and I had the opportunity to network as part of the event. It inspired me to take a gap year. I’m going to volunteer at a school in Fiji, it will involve building homes and coaching children. I then plan to travel back to the UK via New Zealand, Australia and Asia before starting a degree in Sports Science at Loughborough University. Continue reading

Record breakers

Seaford has had a phenomenal season of athletics this year with long-standing school records being broken.

We have demonstrated our strength as an athletic school, particularly in the inter-boys Year 10 and 11, where we have won all inter-boys age group matches. Our girls too are showing their strength, in particular Year 9 where we have some really good athletes.

This was demonstrated at the Sussex Schools County Finals at the start of June where Seaford did very well as a school, overall winning 10 medals. Jon Thompson, Head of Seaford Athletics summarises the event “It’s a tough competition and we had a good day with some really good performances”.

Rupert Blackwell wins gold and breaks school recordRupert Blackwell won gold in the inter-boys javelin and broke the school record in doing so. He says he was “especially happy as the record was set over 50 years ago”. Rupert threw 50m 30, with the previous record being about 48m 50. He praised his sports coaches at Seaford for the training and support they give him.

Ollie Beach won gold in the Junior Boys Discus, Johnny Murray-Jones (Year 9) took silver in the junior boys triple jump and Joseph Spiby (Year 11) won silver in the discus. Congratulations!

Congratulations too to Olivia McDonald won silver in the 3000m. Jon praises Olivia’s performance “It was great run for her. She’s a tremendous athlete”. Continue reading

Elliot Brown talks about how it felt to be selected for the England PD Lions and what drives him to succeed

Elliot Brown, from Year 12, has made his debut for the England Physical Disability (PD) Lions cricket team. His is a story of following your dreams and, as we say at Seaford ‘reaching for the heights’.


Elliott, who has cerebral palsy, started playing cricket at Seaford in Year 4. He is now the Seaford 2nd team captain and describes the past year as “really good, we only lost one game!”. Alongside playing at Seaford, Elliot also plays for Steyning Cricket Club and has done for a number of years. He credits them for their support and the fact that they have always been good with him and his disability. In 2015 Elliot was picked to play for Sussex Cricket Club’s disability team, and after three years he joined Middlesex’s disability team before he was selected to play for the England PD Lions.

Chris Adams, Head of Seaford Cricket, says he was “Absolutely delighted for Elliott. I know how much it means to him and will mean to him over the coming years to be part of that squad”. It was Chris who made Elliott the second team captain. “It’s a meaty role” he says “He has taken it, grabbed it with both hands and sprinted off into the distance with it”. Continue reading

Get tickets for Seaford’s first Dance Show in the Johnson Centre

We can’t wait for our first dance show next week at Seaford College. Steppin’ Out is on 22nd May at 7pm in the Johnson Centre at Seaford College.

To book your tickets email Bookings@Seaford.org Tickets are £5 for adults, students are FREE!

The show will feature a variety of pieces in a wide range of styles including, jazz, contemporary and ballet. It will be a showcase of all of Seaford’s extra-curricular clubs and some GCSE classwork with students from years 4-11 performing.

Here’s a video showing an advanced contemporary dance workshop held recently in Johnson Centre with ella&co. Ella Fleetwood inspired our Year 10 GCSE dance students to broaden the scope of their dance education. The workshop allowed them to explore a different style of contemporary dance.

 

Classics students showing their enthusiasm

Students and teacher Tim Farmer after their classics lectureThe Classics department at Seaford attended a number of interesting Seminars and Lectures last term, and our Classics teacher Tim Farmer is pleased with the enthusiasm of his students. Year 12 student, Eddie MacKenzie,  penned his thoughts for us on some of the recent trips.

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Demystifying the Oxbridge process

John Doy - Director of Academic Performance and Enrichment

Our aim at Seaford is for every pupil to achieve their personal best. We welcome the academically gifted, as well as those who find the examination culture a challenge, and we’re very proud of the learning support we provide to all our pupils. On top of identifying and helping students with learning difficulties, we also believe it’s important to identify students with exceptional academic potential, and provide them with the support they need to fully stretch themselves.

This Sunday is the deadline for any Medicine, Dentistry and Oxbridge applications, and this year a number of Seaford College students are putting themselves forward.

John Doy is Seaford’s Head of Academic Performance and Enrichment, and has put in place a number of strategies to help stretch and motivate the academically gifted students here. One of those things is helping students with Oxbridge aspirations to learn more about the whole process, help them with applications, and prepare themselves for potential interviews.
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Welcome to a new Academic year: the transition to a new school

Abseiling in WalesA new Academic year is upon us once again, and we’re very pleased to be welcoming our students, both new and returning, to Seaford College, for the start of term. We hope everyone is fully refreshed from the Summer break and ready for whatever challenges the new term brings.

Here at Seaford, we aim to make the transitions from Prep School to Senior School, and Senior School to Sixth Form, as smooth as possible. Today, all of our Year 12 students are heading off to Wales for a few days on a bonding trip, and our Year 9 students will head off on an overnight Camping and Activity trip tomorrow, and we thought that now was a good time to have a chat with James Passam, Deputy Head, about the transition process, and any advice he has for parents and pupils.

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Headmaster John Green congratulates our A Level students on their results

Seaford Students Ross Millen and Chris Colegate celebrate with Headmaster John Green and Computer Science teacher Dave CrooksSeaford College Headmaster John Green would like to congratulate all of the students at Seaford for their superb A Level results.

Mr Green said: “The number of our students gaining entry into their first choice university is at record levels. All of our students are hard-working and committed, which has led to their success. I believe in our students achieving their personal bests, both inside and outside of the classroom – that is where Seaford is unique. Many thanks to all our staff for their unfailing energy, enthusiasm and expertise.

“We have a reputation as a successful school in Sussex which is down to the hard work and dedication of students, staff and supportive parents. I wish all of our Year 13 pupils every success in their future endeavours.”

You can read some of the student stories from this year on our Facebook page. Follow the links below, and discover more about life at Seaford from the students’ perspective.

Mairi Donaldson

Peter Tutykhin

Mattie Hansing

Chris Colegate

Jamie Wall

Ross Millen

Record numbers of Seaford College Students are heading to Russell Group and 1st Choice Universities

The wonderful look of surprise when you've achieved A starsSeaford College is celebrating as its trend of increasing the number of students securing places at top Russell Group Universities continues.  This is a record breaking year for Russell Group and 1st choice universities.  Headmaster John Green, who took up the post four years ago and has implemented various successful strategies to improve the school’s academic core, said: “Seaford College has seen an impressive increase in our A*-B and A*-C A Level results from last year.  Considering this is the first year of reverting back to the more traditional linear vs. modular testing, in most subjects, the results are even more impressive.”

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Seaford girls share inspiring messages from Women of the Future Conference

Holly Gyles & Isobel Porter at the Women of the Future conference2017 marks the 20th year of girls at the school, and Seaford College is proud that over 30% of the students are now girls, and this number is constantly growing.

Earlier this year, some of Seaford’s Year 12 and Year 13 girls went to the Women of the Future Conference at Bloomberg, in London. The aim of the conference was to provide students with mentors and role models, strengthening the pipeline of talent among Britain’s younger women. Continue reading

Seaford Sixth form debate: Has democracy failed us?

Chris Burroughs chairing the debateA couple of weeks ago, the Sixth form held a debate at Assembly, centred around a single question: Has democracy failed us? An apt topic, considering the political upheaval currently embracing the country, and many others, around the world.

The debate was chaired by Chris Burroughs, and two other members of Seaford’s Debating Club, Peter Tutykhin and Tom Hennessy, took on the topic, trading thoughts on both sides of the argument in front of their peers. At the end of the debate the student audience cast their votes, in favour of Peter Tutykhin’s argument that democracy has not failed us. Continue reading

Policies, not personalities: Seaford College Mock Election inspires debate

Making a choice in the mock electionAt Seaford College, we have 195 students in Years 12 and 13, and 62 of our Year 13 students will be eligible to vote on the 8th June. So, almost a third of the Sixth Form will be able to have a say in the UK’s next government.

Once the election campaign started to gain pace, several Seaford College Sixth Form students were keen to engage their fellow students in the debate, and held a Mock Election for the Seaford College Sixth Form.

Peter Tutykhin chairs mock electionBut, this was to be a Mock Election with a difference. The students wanted their classmates to engage with the policies, rather than personalities. So, six students were chosen to present the main policies of the three largest parties, focusing on areas that would mean the most to students. Continue reading

The Sixth Form Boarding Experience

A couple of our Year 13 students, Fergus Guiry and Yolanda Gumpo, shared their thoughts with us on boarding at Heden Hall and Heden Court, here at Seaford College.

Why did you choose Seaford?

Fergus: The sport is really good, and Seaford’s academic focus and individual attention is second to none.
Yolanda: I love the music department and I’m a music scholar. Seaford is known to be excellent at academic and extra-curricular pursuits as well as pastoral care.

What do you like about Seaford both from an academic and an extra-curricular perspective?

Fergus & Yolanda: There is a massive range of extra-curricular activities, from sport to CCF, music, art, drama and all the
adventure stuff, it’s such a bonus. From an academic perspective, the teachers at Seaford actually care about your learning. In the Sixth Form there are smaller classes and everything is a lot more concentrated. The teachers know you very well, they know how you learn and they care a lot, which really helps us to do well. You really feel like you have the freedom to be who you want to be.

How have you found the transition from GCSE to A Level?

Fergus & Yolanda: We’ve really liked it: at A Level there are fewer subjects, whereas at GCSE you study eleven or twelve. It’s a lot more concentrated, and although it does get harder, we’ve really enjoyed it because we love the subjects we study, and you get to go into them in a lot more depth.

Fergus Guiry at Seaford College Fergus, how do you balance you studies with your rugby? Do you train every day?

During the season I will train every day either at Seaford or with London Irish, and I get a lot of support with my timetable from my teachers. I make sure that I get work done in my free periods. I also have prep for 2 hours in Heden every evening, so I will get my work done. I have been able to balance my workload and my rugby. I really enjoy being Vice Captain, I’ve enjoyed seeing how all the boys have progressed from Year 7 and Year 8, and how different players progress
and take on different attributes. My leadership skills have improved as well; I feel really confident in front of a big group, which will help me in the future.

Yolanda Gumpo performing at SeafordstockYolanda, how do you balance you studies with your music? Do you practice every day?

I agree with Fergus, we get a lot of support from our teachers with our studies and this gives me time to focus on my music. I’m in the school choirs and in the Jazz Band. I do my academic work in my free periods and after the 2 hours of prep in the evening I go to the Music Department and do 2 hours of practice every day. It doesn’t feel like work though because I love it. I’m also on the School Council and like making a difference to the community. It’s fun and I like being in charge.

What are your plans for the future?

Fergus: I’d like to get a professional contract with London Irish, my back up plan is to study International Business at University.
Yolanda: I’d like to follow in the footsteps of Tom Odell (who studied at Seaford) and I’m going to the same university. I’m going to the BIMM in Brighton to do a song writing course and I want to be a professional singer and song writer.
How does boarding at Heden Hall compare to your experience of boarding at the other houses?

Fergus & Yolanda: Heden is a lot more grown-up. Everyone in Heden is deciding what they want to do in the future: whether they’re going to university, having a gap year, or getting an army scholarship. If you want to go to university, then you have to put the work in. Dr Pothecary & Mrs Reynolds make that really clear, and they really motivate us. We feel grown up and self-motivated. We’ve also introduced a bowling league which is great fun.

Do you think Heden is good preparation for university halls?

Fergus & Yolanda: Heden definitely prepares you for university life; it’s really up to you to do the work. We’re not spoon fed, we have independence and we are learning about organisation and preparation, so we are really young adults now. There is a lot of responsibility and trust and we have both really matured.

Do you think you will be lifelong friends with the other boarders?

Yolanda: You learn to get along with people from all walks of life and that is great life experience for the future. I like the time when the boys and girls socialise together, I like having a mixed group of friends.
Fergus: They’re really good mates, and I would definitely see most of them as lifelong friends. I enjoy the social time in the common room where the boys and girls socialise together. I like the balance this gives.

What are the main benefits of boarding at Seaford?

Fergus & Yolanda: It’s very good from a work perspective. You get the work done, if you’re a day pupil it’s harder, you go home and eat and lounge about. Also, there are all the activities, you’re never bored. It’s like a sleepover with all of your
mates, and there’s never a dull moment.

What do you like about Dr Pothercarys’ and Mrs Reynolds’ style as a Houseparent?

Fergus: Dr Pothercary is laid back, disciplined, reasonable and treats you like an adult. He listens and will make improvements from our suggestions. He is keen that we enjoy ourselves and work hard. It’s a good ethic.
Yolanda: Mrs Reynolds is firm but fair. She gives us the space we need and it’s good preparation for university. She helps us see the consequences of our decisions. She is friendly, a lot of fun and has a great sense of humour. They also both have experience with their own teenagers and work well as a team to unite the two Heden houses.